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Suggested Citation:"A--Workshop Agenda." National Research Council. 2015. Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Community Resilience and Health: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21691.
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Workshop Agenda


Community Resilience and Health Opportunity Analysis Workshop

September 22–23, 2014

Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans, Louisiana

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Explore needs, challenges, and opportunities to improve the health and resilience of Gulf communities.
  2. Identify opportunities to improve how Gulf communities anticipate, prepare for, and recover from disasters and environmental change.
  3. Identify opportunities to improve detection, assessment, management, and communication about environmental health risks.
  4. Explore how the Gulf Research Program can encourage innovation and collaboration and ensure that its activities engage and benefit communities.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
 
8:30 a.m. Welcome
LeighAnne Olsen, Senior Program Officer, Gulf Research Program
 
8:35 a.m. Overview of the Gulf Research Program and Meeting Objectives
Linda McCauley, Emory University, Advisory Group Member
 
8:50 a.m. KEYNOTE: Human Health, Public Health Practice, and Community Resilience
Bernard Goldstein, University of Pittsburgh, Advisory Group Member
 
9:30 a.m. SESSION 1: Community Resilience, Health, and Well-Being
Panel Discussion
 
Discussion questions (5–7 minutes for prepared comments; followed by a moderated conversation):
  • What examples illustrate how health, socioeconomic, and environmental factors intersect and affect the resilience of communities?
  • What are some key challenges and opportunities for the Program to improve the resilience of communities in the Gulf region?
  • What opportunities are best aligned with the strengths of the Academies and the Program’s 30-year duration?
 
Suggested Citation:"A--Workshop Agenda." National Research Council. 2015. Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Community Resilience and Health: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21691.
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Moderator: LaDon Swann, MS-AL Sea Grant Consortium/Auburn University, Advisory Group Member
  • J. Steven Picou, University of South Alabama, Advisory Group Member
  • Rex H. Caffey, Louisiana Sea Grant and Louisiana State University
  • Craig Colten, Louisiana State University and The Water Institute of the Gulf
  • Anita Chandra, RAND Corporation
 
10:30 a.m. BREAK
 
10:45 a.m. SESSION 2: Reducing Risk and Strengthening Resilience
Panel 1
 
Discussion questions (3–5 minutes for prepared comments; followed by open discussion):
  • What are some important lessons learned about the long-term impacts of disasters on community health and well-being?
  • How might research, monitoring, education, or training activities help reduce these impacts and strengthen the resilience of Gulf communities to future disasters?
 
Moderator: Linda McCauley, Emory University, Advisory Group Member
  • Eric T. Baumgartner, Louisiana Public Health Institute
  • Richard Powers, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Angela Grajeda, American Red Cross–Mississippi Region
  • Joe Banta, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council
  • Jennifer Horney, Texas A&M University
 
12:15 p.m. Lunch
 
1:15 p.m. Panel 2
 
Discussion questions (3–5 minutes for prepared comments; followed by open discussion):
  • How can efforts to strengthen the resilience of communities to disasters and environmental change also improve health and well-being?
  • What are some key opportunities for the Gulf Research Program to support these efforts and to extend the benefits of resilience-building activities to other communities in the Gulf region?
 
Moderator: James Ziglar, Van Ness Feldman LL, Advisory Group Member
  • Alexandra Nolan, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Umair A. Shah, Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services
  • Tracie Sempier, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Gulf of Mexico Alliance
  • Shirley Laska, University of New Orleans, Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology
  • John Hosey, Gulf Coast Restoration Corps (former South Mississippi Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster)
 
2:45 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSION INSTRUCTIONS/BREAK
 
Each group will have 1.5 hours for discussion of one of the following questions:
Breakout group 1 (Moderator: LaDon Swann | Rapporteur: LeighAnne Olsen)
  • What research (basic and translational) or monitoring system investments could significantly advance understanding of factors that support and enhance resilience of communities in the Gulf region?
Breakout group 2 (Moderator: Bernard Goldstein | Rapporteur: Chris Elfring)
  • What activities could reduce long-term impacts of disasters and strengthen the resilience of Gulf communities?
Breakout group 3 (Moderator: Steve Picou | Rapporteur: Evonne Tang)
  • How can the Gulf Research Program ensure that its programs effectively engage and benefit communities? And, how can the Program extend the benefits of resilience building activities to other communities in the Gulf region?
Breakout group 4 (Moderator: Linda McCauley | Rapporteur: Maggie Walser)
  • What types of collaborative, educational, or training activities could significantly enhance current efforts to improve how Gulf communities anticipate, prepare for, and recover from disasters and environmental change?
 
3:00 p.m. BREAKOUT DISCUSSION SESSIONS
 
4:30 p.m. Report back from breakout sessions and discussion
 
5:30 p.m. Reception for Attendees
Suggested Citation:"A--Workshop Agenda." National Research Council. 2015. Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Community Resilience and Health: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21691.
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
 
8:30 a.m. Opening Comments
Lynn Goldman, George Washington University, Advisory Board Member
 
8:45 a.m. SESSION 3: Detecting, Assessing, and Improving Understanding of Environmental Health Risks
Panel Discussion
 
Discussion questions (3–5 minutes for prepared comments; followed by open discussion):
  • What are some key needs and opportunities for improving detection, assessment, and management of environmental health risks associated with disasters?
  • What is needed for more effective communication about environmental health risks (chronic and episodic) between residents, policy makers, and researchers?
 
Moderator: Lynn Goldman, George Washington University
  • Robert Dickey, University of Texas Marine Science Institute
  • Andy Kane, University of Florida
  • Bruce Brackin, Mississippi State Department of Health
  • Kim Anderson, Oregon State University
  • Aubrey Miller, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Ann Hayward Walker, SEA Consulting Group
 
10:15 a.m. BREAK
 
10:30 a.m. SESSION 4: Long-Term Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program
Panel Discussion
 
Discussion questions (3–5 minutes for prepared comments, followed by open discussion):
  • Given the Program’s 30-year duration, what are some key opportunities to advance understanding of the connections between human health and the environment?
  • How can the Program support the development of health, scientific, community, and policy leaders that can address complex issues at the intersection between human and ecosystem health?
 
Moderator: Bernard Goldstein, University of Pittsburgh, Advisory Board Member
  • John Stegeman, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Maureen Y. Lichtveld, Tulane University
  • Paul Sandifer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Kristina Peterson, Lowlander Center
  • Michael Blum, Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research
 
12:00 p.m. Lunch
 
12:30 p.m. BREAKOUT DISCUSSION SESSIONS
 
Each group will have 1.5 hours for discussion of one of the following questions:
Breakout group 1 (Moderator: LaDon Swann | Rapporteur: Chris Elfring)
  • How can the Program encourage needed collaboration across disciplines, sectors, and regions to improve understanding and communication about environmental health risks? What are some key opportunities for collaboration?
Breakout group 2 (Moderator: Bernard Goldstein | Rapporteur: LeighAnne Olsen)
  • How can the Program improve understanding of the role of baseline community health status in affecting the health impacts of acute disasters?
Breakout group 3 (Moderator: Lynn Goldman | Rapporteur: Evonne Tang)
  • What research (basic and translational) or monitoring system investments could significantly improve current capacity to detect, assess, and manage environmental health risks associated with disasters?
Breakout group 4 (Moderator: Linda McCauley | Rapporteur: Maggie Walser)
  • What ideas discussed at this meeting need additional exploration, but hold the potential to produce lasting benefits for the Gulf region?
 
2:15 p.m. Report back from breakout sessions and discussion
 
3:15 p.m. Closing comments by AG members
 
3:30 p.m. Adjourn
Suggested Citation:"A--Workshop Agenda." National Research Council. 2015. Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Community Resilience and Health: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21691.
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Suggested Citation:"A--Workshop Agenda." National Research Council. 2015. Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Community Resilience and Health: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21691.
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Suggested Citation:"A--Workshop Agenda." National Research Council. 2015. Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Community Resilience and Health: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21691.
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There are many connections between human communities and their surrounding environments that influence community resilience and health in the Gulf of Mexico. The impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Gulf communities and ecosystems - coupled with the region's preexisting health challenges and environmental stressors - illustrate the need to better understand these connections. In the future, natural and man-made disasters, climate change impacts, and other environmental stressors will present complex challenges to the physical, mental, and social well-being of communities in the Gulf. Understanding the interrelationships among health, ecological, and economic impacts of disasters and other environmental stressors will be crucial to addressing these challenges.

Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Community Resilience and Health summarizes a Gulf Research Program workshop held on September 22-23, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The workshop examined opportunities to improve the health, well-being, and resilience of communities in the Gulf region through discussions with about 50 participants with diverse expertise and experience. These discussions identified perceived needs, challenges, and opportunities that align with the Gulf Research Program's mission and goals - particularly its goal to improve understanding of the connections between human health and the environment to support the development of health and resilient Gulf communities. This workshop is expected to lead to the development of additional Program activities and opportunities for the research community.

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